Upgrade to College Network Aimed at Boosting Speed

Posted on: Thursday, February 4th, 2016 by Brent Treash
Emory & Henry College has committed to providing improved WiFi access throughout the college with a recently announced $1.2 million network replacement. The goal of the project is to provide students with the most robust, fastest network available for research and educational endeavors.

Emory & Henry College has committed to providing improved WiFi access throughout the college with a recently announced $1.2 million network replacement. The goal of the project is to provide students with the most robust, fastest network available for research and educational endeavors.

The current wireless network has been in place for nearly nine years and is vastly outdated and undersized for the number of mobile devices students bring to campus, according to Lorraine Abraham, chief information officer and director of the library.

The new technology ensures a far superior Internet experience that will help everyone with greater access to information, communications and research than ever before. Lorraine AbrahamChief Information Officer and Director of the Library

As the new technology is implemented students have experienced periodic delays in Internet service provided by the current network. College IT officials have been working with students to address those issues as they occur while keeping them informed of progress toward the implementation of the new network technology.

“This is much more than a network upgrade,” explained Abraham. “We are literally replacing the entire infrastructure from the fiber optic cabling below the ground to the wireless access points on the walls and ceilings of buildings throughout the campus.”

The result of the project will be a wireless network that will offer far-superior service to students that will significantly enhance their ability to quickly access information and their educational experience, Abraham said.

During the transition to the new network, students are reminded that they have access the Internet  through Ethernet ports in their residence hall rooms when WiFi is not available. If your son or daughter needs an Ethernet cord, the Help Desk has them available for loan. If the would like to purchase one, the Merc sells them as well.

For those individuals using a Macbook without an Ethernet connector, the Help Desk is also happy to loan them a dongle that will help them make a wired network connection possible.

Students also have access to various computer labs across campus. The Kelly Library Lab is open from 7:30 am until midnight Sunday through Thursday and 7:30 to 5:00 on Fridays. The lab in McGlothlin-Street 231 is designated as an “after hours” lab, meaning that it should be open on weekends when Kelly Library Lab is closed.


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